Jermell Charlo’s world titles were not at stake in his fight with Canelo Alvarez, yet he lost one at the immediate beginning of the fight.
The former WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-welterweight world champion now no longer has his undisputed status as he’s been stripped of his WBO belt.
Canelo comfortably beat Charlo
Australia’s Tim Tszyu has subsequently been upgraded to become the WBO super-welterweight world champion as a result.
This is the end of a long process which started over two years ago.
In August 2021, the WBO installed the unbeaten Tszyu, now 23-0 (17 KOs), as their mandatory challenger for then-champion Brian Castano.
This fight was not immediately ordered though, as the WBO allowed a rematch between Charlo and Castano in May 2022 to crown an undisputed super-welterweight world champion after they drew in their first meeting in 2021.
Charlo knocked out Castano to unify all four belts was then ordered to face Tszyu.
Charlo vs Tszyu was initially agreed and announced for January 28, 2023, but the American broke his left hand in training, forcing the fight to be indefinitely postponed.
Tszyu stayed active in the meantime and claimed the WBO ‘interim’ belt by stopping Tony Harrison in March, then also beat Carlos Ocampo in June.
When Charlo finally announced his return to the ring, Tszyu was shocked as it was confirmed out of the blue that he would be moving up two weight classes to challenge Canelo Alvarez for his undisputed super-middleweight world titles.
The WBO reacted by making a ruling in August that supported Canelo vs Charlo, allowing it to be an undisputed vs undisputed fight.
However, they confirmed that at the moment the first bell rings, Charlo would be stripped of his WBO super-welterweight world title for not facing his overdue mandatory challenger.
This has now happened and so Tim Tszyu has been upgraded from ‘interim’ to full WBO super-welterweight world champion.
In the fight itself, Canelo dominated Charlo for a comfortable unanimous decision win.